SOC314 Organisations, Culture and Society (8)

This subject combines two traditionally separate areas of study: the sociology of work and organisational theory, and falls into three parts. After a brief historical introduction, which examines the origins and peculiarities of modern work organisations, we review the main theoretical approaches to organisational life. The final extended section focuses on a selection of critical contemporary issues, including organisational design, new technology, restructuring, flexibility, and organisational culture.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed 25320 Work Organisations and Bureaucracy or SOC304 Sociology of Work. Organisations and Bureaucracy

Assumed Knowledge
SOC101 and SOC2%%

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the internal structure and dynamics of modern work organisations as "open systems", with particular emphasis on sources of stability and change.


This subject will cover the following topics:

. bureaucratisation: organising new work forms . theorising organisations . organisational environments . organisational structure and design . forms of control and regulation . new technology . post bureaucratic organisation: flexibility and change . Japanisation . organisational cultures . engineering identity and commitment


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.